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The Collision Industry Conference meeting that took place this past Thursday included an announcement that longtime industry supporters and participants Bob and Margo Smith recently lost their daughter, Kimberly Sue Smith, also a lifetime industry participant. Bob and Margo are industry Hall of Eagles recipients, and there’s no doubt every person in this industry has been touched Read more…


Washington DC – During the slippery winter months, collision repairers can be at their busiest. While the primary goal may be to return the customer’s vehicle to them as quickly as possible, the quality of the repair is critical – the customer’s initial satisfaction at a prompt turnaround time change to dissatisfaction when the metal parts begin Read more…


CHICAGO, Dec. 22, 2015  — LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq:LKQ) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the holding company of Rhiag-Inter Auto Parts Italia S.p.A (“Rhiag”), a leading pan-European business-to-business distributor of aftermarket spare parts for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, for an enterprise value of €1.04 billion. Rhiag has operations in Italy, Czech Republic, Read more…


by Brad Mewes Previously I wrote about the impact of interest rates on consolidation. While a low rate environment certainly provides incentive to companies to grow through mergers and acquisitions, good deals are good deals in both high and low interest rate environments. There is a financial component that drives consolidation but there is a strategic component as Read more…


Total number of NSF International Certified Automotive Parts Distributor sites grows to 166 across the U.S. ABC Parts International, Inc., a premier distributor of new aftermarket automotive body parts, has earned certification to NSF International Automotive Parts Distributor Certification Program.  The addition of ABC Parts brings the total number of NSF International certified distributor sites across the Read more…


The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) and the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) need your help to create and fund an ABPA-sponsored high school/college collision student scholarship for early 2016. After the first of the year, the CREF will be announcing over $200,000 in various scholarships and tool grants that are available for collision repair students across Read more…


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The national media’s fascination with insurance company steering of repairs to “preferred” collision repair shops is now reaching the local level. Unfortunately, the aftermarket parts industry is being tarred with a broad brush used by reporters who generally talk about just one side of the story. The latest hit came from a report on steering on Boston’s Read more…


DOLORES RICHARDSON TAKES THE DRIVER’S SEAT At Pac Auto Body Parts is proud to announce that Dolores Richardson, president, has been named a Finalist for the 2015 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards for the Profit Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship. The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards are the pro-eminent national business awards recognizing the country’s leading female Read more…


PARTS Act Videos on YouTube The Property & Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) and the Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) have recently posted several informative videos on YouTube aimed at educating consumers about the availability of aftermarket parts, as well as the need to support the PARTS Act currently in Congress. These videos are well worth watching Read more…

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